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If the fishhook is not deeply embedded, the string-pull method for
removing a fishhook may be used. If removal of the fishhook is too painful,
seek medical care. If the fishhook has more than one barb, cut all the barbs
off or tape the other barbs so you do not get hurt again.
Tie a piece of string, dental floss, or fishing line to the hook
where it enters the skin.
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Hold the hook with your fingers slightly above where you tied the string. Press down gently
about 0.13 in. (0.3 cm) to
loosen the barb.
While still pressing the hook down (barb loosened), jerk the string
so that the hook shaft pulls the barb out of the skin. When the fishhook comes out of the skin, it may fly or flip out. Take
care not to hurt yourself or a bystander with the loose fishhook.
Be sure to clean the wound to prevent infection.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Current as ofMay 27, 2016
Current as of:
May 27, 2016
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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